I’ve been steadily uploading some art tutorials and talks on Youtube lately. I feel a real call to offer some open-ended art ideas aimed at unlocking creativity, and just adding inspiration for those wanting to embark on their own creative journey. I hope you enjoy!
I had loads of fun creating this. It’s my firm belief that an arts practise can be a form of meditation, deepening our ability to stay present in the moment, and also soothes our nervous system. For me personally it is also an outlet for spiritual and personal growth. Hope you enjoy 🙂
‘I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me, and I in you, you will bear much fruit. As the Father has loved me, so I have loved you. Now remain in my love…’
This is a little paraphrase from John’s Gospel. It’s a beautiful one to ponder because, for me at least, it evokes captivating imagery of oneness with our Creator.
The Vine…I love this image of God; I get a picture of roots intertwining with the earths soil, a part of the endless cycle of death and rebirth. It’s a picture of closeness, of imminence. God is not content to visit us with a glorified and overpowering presence- then leave. God is found in the very fabric of our existence, inseparable from our humanity as beings who need food, water and sun to nourish and sustain. Love has literally put her roots down right where we are, sustaining us moment by moment. In the words of teacher and mystic, James Finlay;
“Love is our origin, Love is our sustaining ground and Love is our destiny”
But then Jesus says, “Remain in my Love”
What does it mean to ‘remain in love’?
Although in the cosmic sense we are never separate from God, there is no doubt that there is a part of our being that is prone to becoming discontent and distracted. We struggle to remain, rest, stay, be.
When I am not remaining or resting in the Vine, I wither and contract. My own energies, agendas and obsessive thoughts lead to feelings of emptiness. I’m trying to meet my own needs, be my own protector and Source. It’s like I’ve put myself in a jar of stagnant water on the windowsill with secondhand light.
In yoga Nidra, a practise where the goal is deep relaxation, the guide will often say things like, “become aware of your right foot, let it become heavy, relax…” and so on with other body parts. When we rest our soul and spirit in God we can follow the same lines. We close our eyes, and with open hands, we come to God with all of our frailties, anxieties and circumstances. We surrender the need for control. We accept the day before us as a gift. Every breath we take in is also a gift, as the Spirit breathes through us…..We relax, remain, be. We are held and nourished no matter what state of mind we are in. ‘To remain in love’ is the awareness of this everlasting truth.
Like the cycle of the seasons, the day becoming night, the insects, birds and animals are being sustained; We too are being upheld, moment by moment.
Whatever is in your heart today, that feels pressing or overwhelming… Surrender it to the Vine. Your only task is to remain in love.
Through the process of being creative, we can achieve deep relaxation and clarity, otherwise known as the ‘flow state’. Art and creativity has been shown to alleviate symptoms of anxiety and aids in processing difficult emotions and navigating life challenges.
Workshops and classes are available by appointment, either at my home studio in Medina or by mobile arrangement, available Thursday-Saturday. To book, simply contact me with a workshop request and preferred day and time. Cost is $25 per person with a minimum of three participants. All workshops suitable for adults and children 12 and over.
Art Journaling Workshop
Discover how to utilise mixed media and collage in a daily journaling practise. All materials provided, including an A4 art journal. Workshop runs for 3 hours.
Totem Animal Painting Workshop
Through meditation, discover your special ‘totem animal’, and the unique attributes your animal brings. This is an acrylic painting workshop, where the finished painting will be a symbol of encouragement and inspiration. No experience necessary, as I will assist you in any way needed. All materials supplied, this is a 3 hour workshop which can be run as a series over 2 weeks.
Mixed Media Assemblage Workshop
In this workshop, participants will create a mixed media ‘assemblage’artwork using a variety of materials including scrapbook papers, feathers, found objects, trinkets which are glued to a craftboard and further enhanced with acrylic or enamel spray paint or acrylic paint. All materials provided, however, bringing along objects, bits of fabric etc makes the artwork more meaningful and personal.
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I have personally used a journal all of my adult life, and have found it to be a wonderful way to download thoughts, ideas, connect with my spirituality and discover the meaning of my dreams. Nowadays, I feel lost without one and take a journal pretty much everywhere I go. One of the things that is wonderful about journalling is the spontaneity it brings; pages can be ripped out, and images can be made with collage, inks, pencil and pen, making the process very forgiving and nurturing. Journalling in this way is also a great tool to develop ideas for larger paintings and artworks.
All materials provided, including an A4 size art journal. Light lunch provided. This workshop is suitable for people with all levels of art experience.
In this full day workshop you will:
* Take part in guided meditations designed to help you find images and/or words to include in your journal.
* Experiement with a range of materials including watercolour, paper collage, inks, fineliner, pencils and paint. I will teach how to utilise a variety of mediums, and how to prepare an interesting and textured background to build on.
* Discover the symbolism in animals, insects and other elements that come across your path. The world is full of messages and meanings that can bring direction and confirmation to your personal life journey.
Date: Saturday the 11th of May
Time: 10:00 a.m-4:00 p.m
Location: Art Garden Home Studio, 12 Heylmore Road Medina
Contact: email@example.com or pm my Facebook page, ‘Alyssa’s Art Garden’
*spaces limited to 8 participants